Pink blossoms by the Notre Dame, morning walks along the Seine and evening walks over bridges after enjoying the evening with friends. Coffee at favourite Fondation Café, delicious lunch at Kunitoraya and an afternoon spent in Jardin du Palais-Royal. Bright orange blooms for my lovely Lauren, a sunny day in Jardin du Luxembourg and taking detours to meetings to enjoy seeing the city in green colours. A delicious little treat from Pierre Hermé, a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel tower and more pretty pink by the Notre Dame. My last couple of days in Paris through Instagram photos. For more photos and daily updates, follow along here.
As you probably know by now I’ve been lusting over this Mansur Gavriel bucket bag for ages but now it’s finally mine! I’m so in love with it. Do you know what the best part about it (except for the super cute design and the pop of colour inside of course) is? My huge camera actually fits inside!
After a vespa ride around Paris together with Braden yesterday we found ourselves in Jardin du Luxembourg just in time for the little boats to be put down in the water. Forget video games and iPhone apps – it’s hard to beat this old school entertainment. And another nice things about seeing these little boats come out is that it’s a sign that we’re officially in the spring/summer season now. Speaking of spring, staying in the city during the Easter weekend has been absolutely lovely since the city seems to have emptied itself of most people. It’s been calm, quiet and I’ve found myself completely alone during the mornings while running a few errands. Even though I miss my family a little bit extra during holidays like this, good friends, cosy dinners and lovely days outside kind of make up for it all.
I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely Easter weekend. I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating this little holiday in the most untraditional way together with friends over wine, pizza, tapas, ice cream, scooter rides and more wine. Of course I managed to save some room for chocolates as well! Since I didn’t have time to put together a weekend reading list for last weekend I have even more to share this time around.
• Cake and cherry blossoms. I mean, what can I say? Two of my favourite things combined thanks to Linda Lomelino.
• These lovely photos, taken by the talented Sonya Khegay, made me wish we had more of those beautiful Wistera blossoms here in Paris.
• Congratulations to my darling friends Shini Park and Kit Lee for making this happen!
• I’m currently kind of obsessed with Cindy Chen‘s beautiful blog, and especially her photos from a rainy Venice.
• Trying to find those perfect jeans is not the easiest thing but I think I’ve fallen in love with these that Garance Doré is wearing. Perfect, no?
When you’re lucky enough to have such ambitious and successful friends in your life it’s not always easy to find the time for proper catch-ups. Christine is one of those friends who manages to juggle work, studies, a boyfriend, photography and all of her friends at once. But with two busy schedules combined we don’t always get to see each other as much as I would like to (something I plan on changing, just so you know Christine). However we did manage to squeeze in a little lunch together on this sunny Thursday before we both needed to rush back to work. Clint got to serve as our meeting point for the day where we both opted for their yummy mac and cheese. The sunny weather, this bright space and Christine’s red little dress made it impossible not to snap a few photos before we enjoyed our meal.
Little did I know that these fashion week adventures that I’ve been experiencing during the last year would result in friendships I hope will last a lifetime. Mandy, the (multi)talented force behind the blog Oracle Fox, was one of those people I immediately fell in love with, after living together for a couple of days during Paris fashion week in September last year. Never have I met anyone so positive, caring and selfless in this industry. Luckily enough this Aussie returned to Paris again for fashion in February and I had the pleasure of shooting Mandy a couple of times during her time in the City of Light.
For more photos and outfit details please visit Mandy’s blog.
Lately I’ve been quite bad at keeping you guys updated over here (I know, don’t hate me) but things are going faster and quicker (which means more updates) on Instagram. So what have I been up to lately? Well, I met up with the lovely Lauren for a little juice date at our favourite La Caféothèque, ate pink raspberry macarons from Carette that matches my pink Barbour x Pantone jacket perfectly and passed pretty balconies in full bloom. I met up with the super sweet Denni at Ladurée where we indulged in yummy treats, strolled through Jardin du Luxembourg and missed early evening photo sessions together with Nicole and her adorable kitty flats that we had during fashion week. During one of the warmest spring evenings so far I walked by Notre Dame and spent the evening drinking wine together with one of my best friends, took a Sunday stroll on Promenade plantée, admired all the pretty flowers in Jardin des Plantes (which I’ll share more from very soon), had afternoon tea together with the lovely Reem and sat down by the river to flick through a bunch of fashion magazines while getting some sun.
Thanks to a lovely wine date at La Buvette together with a couple of girls the other week, I fell in love with the golden chain around Meg‘s neck. After ten minutes and yet another round of wine both Lindsey and I had ordered home a necklace of our own. It was (of course) impossible to only click home one little gem so this bow necklace got to come home with me as well.
These pink fluffy flowers right next to the Notre Dame are one of the best spring signs I can think of. Since I’ve lived quite close to this little spot ever since I came to Paris for the very first time I’ve seen all this pink bloom three springs in a row now. 2012, when I stayed in this city for four months only (and had no idea I would one day return). Last year, 2013, when I decided to move back and now this year. It’s become somewhat of a little tradition now I guess, and a tradition I don’t mind keeping.
Within a week all of the trees in the park behind the cathedral had turned green, it was almost as they had changed overnight. And soon these pretty pink flowers will be gone. It’s no wonder that spring is my favourite season in this city. Everything – both people and plants – suddenly come alive to enjoy a little bit of sunshine. I love it! …And without (hopefully) jinxing it: this is probably the sunniest spring I’ve experienced in this city so far. Keep it going Paris!